Skip to comments.Canadian govt. braces for F-35 report
Posted on 03/21/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT by U-238
Canada's government is nervously awaiting an Auditor General's report, which is expected to be highly critical of the F-35 fighter jet procurement program.
Some commentators have said that in the aftermath of the report, the government may retreat into a "wait and see" attitude on the project, gauging further developments both in the United States and abroad before making a final decision on purchasing the aircraft.
That process could take up to a year.
Cost overruns and technical delays have contributed to rising concern with the $382 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.
The General Accounting Office estimates the cost of the F-35 at $137 million-$162 million apiece, far more than the $75 million price tag long maintained by the Canadian government.
Given the program's mounting problems, defense industry insiders in Ottawa expect the F-35 acquisition program will be replaced by an international competition for replacement fighter aircraft, The Montreal Gazette reported.
Well, you either want the best or not.
Could have saved a ton of money by going with the Super Hornet as a replacement for the F18 for now. Ten or fifteen years later, see where the F35 is. A lot of the RCAF work is arctic patrol, would be nice to have TWO engines while doing that.
The F-35 is a joke. Dump the whole project before it gets any more embarrassing.
I say continue with the project. Lockheed will have to meet deadlines to get the plane operational within a certain timeframe if funding is to be continued.
I am with the understanding the F-22 runs circles around it. I am also aware of a few troubles with the F-22 but think current production would overcome them.
Who’s going to buy F-35’s? It is just far to expensive and the single engine design and only semi stealth make it inferior to any future deployment. I don’t remember any military jet being so plagued with oversights and design flaw issues.